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The Medical School Interview: Secrets and a System for Success 2nd ed. Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Shift 4 Publishing, LLC; 2nd ed. edition (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097795594X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977955947
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In preparation for my medical school interviews, I bought 3 of the most popular interview books on amazon. I really liked this one and thought it added something unique that the other two didn't have. Primarily, as mentioned by a previous reviewer, it's not just about the interview - it's about how to approach the process, giving topics that an applicant should be considering before even beginning to write a personal statement.

This book gives solid advice about how to behave on interview day, and really pushes mock interviews, which are very helpful. The author details everything from clothing choices to ethical questions that may be asked on interview day. The advice is broad ranging and thorough.

No book can give you all the answers, as the key to a great interview lies in having great things to say - which can only come from each applicant's individual history, etc. However, I felt that I really gained confidence from using this book and will pass it on to my friends who are applying in the future.
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I am a health communication professor and I work closely with the university's premed program. I sometimes do trainings prepping the students for their med school interviews and many of my students have been successfully admitted to med school. Over the years I have gathered dozens of books in this topic. This book is in my top 10 favorites.This is a great book and I think that anyone preparing for an interview will find it to be incredibly useful. When my students ask for resources, this is in the list of book titles I give them. I would also like to point out that, in my opinion, the two best books to help you prep are The Medical School Interview: Winning Strategies from Admissions Faculty and Multiple Mini Interview (MMI): Winning Strategies from Admissions Faculty Start with the general one, and spend some serious time on it. Don't skip the 'why do you want to be a doctor' and 'what is professionalism' sections, they are gold! Then if you are informed that you will have an MMI, go ahead and read the other one. If you won't have an MMI, I would still consider browsing through it because it gives you interesting ethical questions to think on, which should get your medical communication juices flowing and ready for an interview!
As someone who helps train prospective med school students, I want to emphasize that whatever book you buy, you need to practice. Practice out loud and hopefully to another person who is listening to you and providing feedback.
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While preparing for the interview trail, I had checked out quite a few books in preparation. Most other books amounted to little more than lists of questions, to which you would write out your canned answers, and then regurgitate those answers when in your interview.

This is NOT how the interview really goes, and if you prepare this way, you will NOT perform well!

I was interviewed by about 15 people at 7 schools this year, and was accepted to 3 of those schools (one of them is one of the best in the US). I give this book a lot of credit with helping me to organize my thoughts, motivations, and eventually figuring out what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it.

I found that the majority of my interviews were very conversational in style, and this book teaches you a system that enables you to seamlessly steer the conversation and get your talking points across. Of course, it will take quite a bit of work on your part, but it will be worth the effort when you can effortlessly explain why you are the ideal candidate.

Do not buy any other book other than this one; you will simply be wasting your time. Also, don't worry too much about memorizing answers to lists of questions. It's a waste of time. The self-inventories that you will work on in this book are more than enough.

Good luck!
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I'm a second year medical student. I just bought this book for my little sister who's interviewing this cycle. Anyway, excellent resource. I applied to 3 medical schools, interviewed at 3 medical schools, was accepted to 3 medical schools. My grades and MCAT weren't stellar, but I'm a normal dude who knows how not be goofy and nervous when speaking to adults. That's what they're looking for. As this book says, "Are you one of us?" Read it before each interview like me and go 3/3. Don't wear a tan suit either, eyoo!
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I feel like this book was the main reason I had multiple Med Schools to choose from when I got in after not getting in the year before. I felt confident and prepared for all of my interviews. I've recommended it to several of my friends since. It's a must buy!
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This book provided a clear and concise way to organize my experiences and story for my medical school application. I used the outline that I prepared using this book to prepare for all of my interviews, and I felt confident answering all questions that I was asked during my interviews. I would highly recommend this book for any pre-medical student preparing for medical school interviews.
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This book was incredible for preparing me for standard med school interviews! Followed all the author's advice in preparation and I was super prepared going into my interviews!

Sadly, he doesn't talk about the Multiple Mini Interview.
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